Qatar, which was eliminated, became the first host to lose all three group stage matches at football’s biggest event.
Cody gakpo opened a Dutch account in the 26th minute when he scored his third goal in as many matches while Frenkie de Jong extended the lead five minutes into the second half.
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Gakpo’s powerful 26th-minute strike came after a pass from Memphis Depay and Davy Klaassen, and De Jong was the fastest to react in the 50th minute when Depay’s shot from close range was blocked by the Qatari keeper. excellent. Meshaal Barsham.
The Dutch, who finished with 7 points from 3 group stage matches, will advance to the round of 16 against Senegal, who beat Ecuador by beating them 2-1 to finish second with 6 points.
Davy Klaassen made a tempting pass to the 23-year-old’s pass and he received the ball at a quick pace, piercing through the center of the defence before a precise shot knocked Meshaal Bersham to open the scoring in the minute. 26.
Four minutes into the second half, the Dutch attacked again when Klaassen’s pass reached Depay and the Qatar defense had to watch the ball as his shot was blocked, allowing Frenkie de Jong to put the ball in the net.
With Qatar lacking the quality to come back, the Dutch were ruled out by a goal after Gakpo allegedly handled the ball in a match-fixing situation, but they still won.
The Netherlands have three times finished second at the World Cup and also finished third in 2014, while Qatar entered the tournament for the first time.
The Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
(With Agency Input)